Thursday, September 11, 2014

TITANS TV Series Nearing Pilot Order at TNT

Titans together!

The Hollywood Reporter stunned fans of DC Comics' beloved superteam the Teen Titans by revealing that TNT is nearing a pilot order for a television series called Titans.  The drama comes from Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics, with writers Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend, Fringe) and Marc Haimes.  Goldsman will executive produce, while Haimes will be a co-executive producer.

According to the article, Titans "revolves around a group of young superheroes-to-be who are recruited from every corner of the DC universe.  The action-themed drama centers on Dick Grayson, who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new superheroes including Starfire, Raven and more."

Titans is the second new DC Comics property reported to be in the works for television, after a Supergirl series that is reportedly being shopped around to various networks.  If the pilot goes to series at TNT, Titans will join other DC Comics shows including Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and Constantine, with iZombie and Preacher coming soon.

The announcement that Nightwing, Starfire and Raven will be team members on Titans seems to hint that the classic '80s comic book series The New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George PĂ©rez will be the basis for the drama.  The series was very successful for DC at the time, rivaling Marvel Comics' The Uncanny X-Men in terms of sheer popularity.

First appearing in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980, the New Teen Titans were a new team of Teen Titans featuring original members Robin (who later becomes Nightwing), Wonder Girl (who later becomes Troia) and Kid Flash, along with former Doom Patrol member Beast Boy as Changeling and new characters Cyborg, Raven and Starfire.  Brought together by Raven to fight her demonic father Trigon, the seven teenaged heroes continued as a team to fight such notable villains as Deathstroke the Terminator, the Fearsome Five, Brother Blood, Blackfire, the H.I.V.E., the Brotherhood of Evil and more.

This will be the Teen Titans' first depiction in live-action, after various animated adaptations that included The Superman-Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-68), Teen Titans (2003-06), Young Justice (2010-13) and Teen Titans Go! (2013-present).

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